Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is chilly and very foggy in Townsend this morning.  But this afternoon, we will have blue skies and a very warm day, 70+ degrees.  Traffic is light of course.  One of the restaurants has already closed for the season.  It is a great family run business.  They will get 5 months off then return to work 7 days a week.  That doesn’t seem like a bad gig to me. 

Little River looks spectacular.  The flow is 185 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 116 cfs.  The water temperature was 47 degrees earlier.  We are not seeing many leaves in the water down here.  I looked back at last year’s reports for the first week of November where I recalled a blanket of leaves on the water.  We had a fairly large leaf fall about two weeks ago.  Maybe this year it happened earlier.  But, there are still plenty of trees in the valley still holding on. 

I wandered around my truck this morning on the lower driveway looking for yellow maples.  I found some small trees that are perfect for transplanting to the shop.  When I got to work I dug out some caution tape to mark them.  I’ll probably dig them up and move the trees to the shop next week. 

Fishing should be fine but there are not many people out there doing it, at least in the Park.  Today and tomorrow will be warm.  That will be the best fishing all week until the weekend.  One exception will be Wednesday.  It will be cloudy and it might rain.  That would be a perfect day to fish.

Nymphs will be your best bet.  Try a Tellico, Pheasant Tail, Hare’s Ear, Prince or some other rubber legged fly.  I would probably use a Girdle Bug and trail a rubber leg nymph off that.  The brown trout will be active.  Going through the spawn and not eating much is building their appetite.  When the spawn is over, they will be hungry.

If you choose dry flies I would pick smaller patterns like Blue Wing Olives or some sort of midge.  Cream would be a good color for the midges.

I’m tying a new bass fly at night.  I’m calling it a “Knucklehead”.  Underneath it looks like a Stealth Bomber, sort of.  It also resembles a Chernobyl Ant. It has a huge foam head that will push water.  It is made from two layers of foam so it floats high. I know this fly is going to kill smallmouth bass and Rock bass in the Spring.  There is absolutely no doubt about that.  And, since it floats well you will be able to see it.  When I get a chance I’ll shoot a picture.  They will be for sale in the store next Spring or sooner.

There is more news about the elk herd in the Park.  It is doing very well.  52 elk were stocked in 2001 and 2002.  Now the herd is estimated to be 140.  You can read more in the KnoxNews website by CLICKING HERE.

I am trying to help the Appalachian Bear Rescue find a home.  I sent them to a group of people who own several thousand acres near here.  Most of that land is in a Conservancy Easement so building the center would put them in contract default.  I am meeting with another man who owns another several thousand acres this month.  The center needs 80 secluded acres.  They outgrew their current location and the deed restrictions on that county property prohibit building anything permanent. 

Right now Lisa is taking care of 24 bear cubs.  That is a record.  And, she is expecting more cubs.  These little bears are orphaned and would not make it on their own.  Local support is grown over the past few years.  Fundraisers are happening now and a planned in the future.  These bears eat nuts, berries, apples and pears.  Imagine trying to find enough of that to feed 24 bears.  I see Lisa at the IGA picking up older produce and loading into her little pickup truck.  She works harder than anyone I know.  She has a passion for the job.  Check out their website by CLICKING HERE

Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Byron Begley
November 8, 2011

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Our fly fishing classes will be offered from March to October 2011.   To sign up just call the shop at 877-448-3474.  You can read more on our website in the Schools Section.  The fly fishing class schedule follows:

Saturday October 8 – Beginner Day One
Saturday October 22 – Beginner Day One
Sunday October 23 – Beginner Onstream Day Two

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